The first relief team we coordinated through the AGMF (Assemblies of God Missionary Fellowship) is home and safe in Tokyo now. It was an awesome week (April 18-22). The six volunteers from Saipan are school teachers at an Assemblies of God Christian school. Five of them were from America and one from the Philippines. Also, one believer from ICA (International Christian Assembly) Tokyo, a doctor from Singapore went. One JAG pastor drove the van. Plus 3 AGMFers (Joyce, Amanda, and Shelley) completed the team. Two guys from Yokota ICA also joined a JAG pastor to drive a truck filled with water and suitcases. Another carload joined us for orientation and went to a different location. Bill and Carol Paris came up with another ICA Tokyo believer for one day to make a delivery of goods from Convoy of Hope.
We received a great victory when we arrived back to the campus last night. I was told by the JAG Relief Committee Chairman that the team from Saipan did not have to pay to stay in the JAG lodge because they were here as volunteers! This is an awesome victory and will help us in the future as more teams arrive. We have many more registrations coming in and are now looking to send the next team up to the Sendai area during Golden Week. It costs nearly $600 in gas and tolls alone to make the roundtrip to Sendai.